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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:57

Moving Into a House with a Pool

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Moving Into a House with a Pool

From Guardian Pool Fence Systems

Buying a home is a daunting experience, regardless of the home's scale.  Buying and moving into a home with an inground swimming pool is orders of magnitude more so.  Most people don't understand how inground swimming pools work, and even seasoned home inspectors can be baffled by the workings and machinations of swimming pool filtration systems, structural issues related to concrete pools, water chemistry, pool surface issues, etc.  Not to mention the fact that many old residential swimming pools haven't been brought up to snuff on the latest safety regulations related to anti-entrapment safetly.  In this post by Guardian Pool Fence systems, the pitfalls and factors that need to be considered are outlined in a simple and easy to understand format.  This is a good first step towards putting the new homeowner's mind at ease.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

A move is a huge life event, and one that can certainly go a variety of directions. If you're considering moving into a home with a pool, there are a variety of factors you absolutely must consider before pulling the trigger. Once you've decided on the best movers in your area, turn your attention to figuring out your potential pool situation. Here's what you need to think about.

1. Safety

The most important consideration involved is whether or not you have children. If you do, pool safety becomes paramount. Is the pool gated or fenced in? Do the doors to the yard have handles or locks out of the reach of your kids? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 202 kids drowned in pools between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2013. This is unquestionably item number one on your list.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:13

Hot Tubs Can Improve Runner Recovery Time

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Hot Tubs Can Improve Runner Recovery Time

Originally posted by Swim University

The benefits of soaking in a hot tub are well documented.  Hydrotheraphy can claim such benefits as lower blood pressure, pain relief, and relaxation. In this posting from Swim University, writer Matt Giovanisci posits the amazing benefits that hot water therapy provides specifically to runners:

Hot tubs have so many health benefits it’ll make your head spin, but they can also aid your workouts and help your muscles recover faster. This is especially useful for runners.

Although I'm not a runner myself, I've heard a lot about how runners are benefiting from soaking in a hot tub, pre and post workout. That's why I decided to reach out to some professional runners and get their take on using a hot tub to improve their recovery time.

Soaking in a Hot Tub BEFORE a Run

It made sense to me that soaking in a hot tub before a run would help loosen your body and make the run a little bit easier at the start. It turns out my hunch was right!

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Monday, 03 March 2014 14:39

Burr Ridge, IL Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

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Burr Ridge, IL Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

This rectangular swimming pool measures 22'6" x 42'0", and features an Automatic Pool Safety Cover with custom stone lid system. The 8'0" x 8'0" separate spa is raised 2'0" with a 4'0" sheer descent water feature spilling into the pool. Inside the pool there is a 10'0" foot bench for seating and rest, and when rest time is over there is a basketball system for fun and recreation. Colored pool lights illuminate the swimming pool and hot tub with rich color, and Indiana Limestone coping and capstone coping on the hot tub give a clean finished touch. Salt Water Chlorine Generation makes the pool water quality softer and easier for the homeowner. The ample decking area consists of a unilock Brussels block coffee creek blend concrete paver, and the spa is faced with a nicely-contrasting Fon Du Lac stone.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:02

Hinsdale, IL Freeform Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

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Hinsdale, IL Freeform Swimming Pool and Hot Tub

Measuring 878 square feet, this freeform pool has drama in spades. The 8'0" round hot tub is flush with the deck, and provides a welcome respite from the ample recreation space in the main swimming pool. The swimming pool, spa, sun shelf, and spa wall is adorned with beautiful iridescent glass tile. The swimming pool is capped with full-range New York Bluestone Coping and the hot tub is capped with Limestone Coping with a rock-faced irregular exterior edge. Colored LED lights in the swimming pool and spa illuminate the custom color exposed aggregate finish, and an in-floor cleaning system keep the pool automatically clean and sanitary. Brick columns around the pool are faced with stone to match the primary residence, and feature combination fire and water bowl features to put the cherry on the dramatic sundae.

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Northbrook, IL Indoor Swimming Pooland Hot Tub with modern flair

Measuring 20’0’ x 40’0”, this unique indoor pool certainly catches the eye!  The hot tub measures 7’0” x 8’0”, and both the hot tub and swimming pool have independent automatic safety covers with custom vanishing stone lid systems.  The coping for both the swimming pool and hot tub is Valder’s Wisconsin Limestone, and the tile accents on the steps and hot tub bench pick up the unique “Rainforest” pattern present on the perimeter.  The diving board and deep end provide some additional recreation for the homeowners and guests.  Perhaps the most eye-catching aspect of this project is the waterproof carpet decking, giving the space a truly modern appeal.

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